Piracy Cuts Into Paid App Sales

Hackers have cut into paid app sales by 20 percent to 50 percent
Ninety-two percent of the top 100 paid apps in Apple’s App Store have been hacked

Within days of the May debut of James Vaughan’s 99¢ game, Plague Inc., on the Apple App Store, hackers made it available online for free. Up to 35 percent of the game’s downloads have been illegal, he says. “Piracy is a problem of success,” says Vaughan, whose game lets players infect a virtual world with pathogens. “I can’t be too angry about piracy.” Still, the game has gotten 1.6 million paid downloads, so had all the pirated downloads also been paid, the 25-year-old Londoner would have earned more than $500,000 more.

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